Soldiers foil terrorists attack on Yobe village, kill 13, recover weapons


The Defence Headquarters (DHQ), said soldiers on counter-terrorism operations in the North East have foiled an attempt by terrorists to attack Geidam, a village in Yobe State.

The terrorists were said to have invaded the vilage at about 11:30 on monday morning but met a stiff resistance from troops from 159 Battalion in Sector 2 in conjunction with the Air Task Force of Operation LAFIYA DOLE who engaged them in a gun duel.

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Coordinator Defence Media Operations Major General John Enenche who made this known in a statement on monday night, said the soldiers killed 13 terrorists and recovered two gun trucks with DUSHKHA Guns and 6 AK 47 rifles.

Enenche statement reads: “Some Elements of Boko Haram/ISWAP Terrorists at about 11:30 hours on Monday, 20 April 2020 attempted to attack Geidam town, the headquarters of Geidam Local Government Area of Yobe State. Troops of 159 Battalion in Sector 2 in conjunction with the Air Task Force of Operation LAFIYA DOLE swiftly intercepted and engaged the criminals in a fierce exchange of fire.


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“During the encounter thirteen (13) terrorists were neutralized, two (2) gun trucks with DUSHKHA guns and six (6) AK 47 rifles were captured. Presently, the terrorists have been subdued; the situation in Geidam town and its environs has been normalized and troops are currently on a follow up/exploitation operation.

“There was no casualty or loss of equipment on the part of our gallant troops. Additional details to be communicated to the media as events unfold further.”

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